Shrove Tuesday, better known as Pancake Day – or the day before Ash Wednesday. In keeping with the tradition, many of us will be serve up a few pancakes – apparently because we need to consume as much sugar, fat, flour and eggs as we can before we begin our Lent fasting.
We thought we’d inspire you with a few pancake recipe ideas, so we went out and asked our Facebook and Twitter followers and friends about their favourite toppings. These are a few that we’ll definitely be trying next Tuesday.
First of all, the fail-safe basic pancake recipe:
- 140g plain flour
- 200ml whole milk
- 2 free range eggs (Blackacre are our favourite)
- 25g unsalted butter , melted, plus a little extra for greasing
- Place the flour and salt into a bowl then make a hollow in the centre and add the egg.
- Whisk the egg into flour and then gradually add the milk, until the batter is smooth.
- Heat a lightly oiled frying pan until hot then pour in enough batter to cover the base of the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes on a medium heat until underside is golden brown.
- Flip pancake and cook the other side for a further minute and then serve.
- Bananas, toffee sauce and whipped cream
- Chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries (why not pile them up and then a squirt of cream on the top)
- Chocolate spread, marshmallows and vanilla ice cream
- Nutella and popping candy
- Strawberries, Blueberries and creme fraiche
- Bananas and chocolate chips
- Barbados butterscotch sauce (my personal favourite) 100 – 175g butter, 100 – 175g golden syrup. Place first the chopped butter and then the syrup into a heavy pan. When the butter melts whisk continuously and boil the mixture for 2 – 3 minutes only, any longer you get toffee!